As the new guidelines laid down by the Central Government earlier under ‘Unlock 6.0’, many states decided to reopen the shut schools and colleges. States like Uttarakhand, Punjab and Gujrat reopened the schools for the Class 10 to 12 in a phased manner.
Despite strict SOPs and safety guidelines, many students and staff tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. In Bihar, approximately 150 staff members, including students, tested positive, the second day after the reopening of the schools.
One such state faced the severe repercussions of reopening the schools, i.e., Maharashtra. Various schools in Mumbai were allowed to reopen and start with the classes with utmost care. But the sudden spike in the COVID-19 positive cases forced a shut down again. Following the lead, Thane district which has bordering proximity with Mumbai city has decided let its schools remain closed till 31 December 2020.
Final Decision to Reopen the Schools Will Be Taken by Local Authorities
Thane District Collector, Mr Rajesh Narvekar, has played a vital role in decision-making. Along with the State School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, the concerned authorities have decided to let the schools remain close till 31 December 2020.
As per the local authorities and health officials, the COVID positive cases in the district are under control. However, being in proximity with Mumbai city which has witnessed a sudden spike in the cases, the officials fear a second wave in the district.
As a precautionary measure, the schools and other educational institutions will remain closed till 31 December 2020. Furthermore, the final decision of reopening the schools and college will be taken after a thorough consultation with the local authorities, health officials and district collector.
Online Classes Would Continue
The State School Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad, further stated that the online classes would continue for the students, following the usual timetable. Online classes have now become the new normal and students as well teachers have adapted themselves accordingly.
Accepting the fact that there is indeed no replacement for classroom education, online classes have become the bridge for keeping the momentum of education going. Situations are not getting better in the nation, and there is hardly any chance for the reopening of educational institutions before the new year.